It’s the New Year and we are all feeling the effects of the holiday’s festivities …time to diet! But what about wine? Do we really have to quit to get fit? Sassy to the rescue! Keep reading to get some quick tips on how to continue to imbibe, even diet and still enjoy your wine.
Our wine, of course, has calories, but not all wines are created equal. The following chart breaks down the calories and nutrition benefit of wine versus cola.
|Reg Cola 330 ml|
From USDA website
As you can see, the real issue isn’t that wine is so fattening. It’s that our body can’t store calories from alcohol like it does those from fat. So it has to stop it’s normal metabolising processes (like burning calories) to process the wine. But it’s not all bad news. Some long-term studies find that women who drank moderately (about one drink a day) gained less weight over time than those who never imbibed at all, they were also less likely to become obese. Better yet, there are a few ways to maximise the metabolic burn so that your New Year’s diet works better for you.
1. Drink water
Remember, alcohol is a diuretic, so while you are drinking you are depleting your body of much needed fluid especially in our hot sticky Singapore climate. So reduce your calorie intake and give your metabolism a helping hand by drinking a glass of water for every glass of wine you drink.
2. Always eat and drink.
A small snack before you imbibe with some fiber, protein, and a little fat (think of having a ham or turkey sandwich or a head to a hawker stand for a few chicken satay) will help control your blood-sugar level keeping you sober longer, and less likely to lose all you will power to have fish and veggies instead of steak frites.
3. Choose wisely.
From the chart we know that not all wines have the same number of calories. Opting for a rosé or white wine instead of a heavier red can trim about 10 calories per glass. And in the heat and humidity a nice Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris is refreshing and delicious!
For the smart Sassy reader, this isn’t enough for you… bring on the wine diets. After all, if wine is your primary source of fruit, then why not choose a diet that puts it at the center of the plan? Read on….
The Egg and Wine diet calls for two weeks of eating nothing but eggs and drinking water, coffee and wine. In theory this diet forces your body to burn fat and keeps you happy with your glass of wine. Unless you really like eggs this probably isn’t the diet for you.
The Wine Lovers Healthy Weight Loss Plan is similar to the Mediterranean diet. It provides a diet of fresh produce and whole grains. This diet includes wine in recipes as well with meals.
The French Paradox diet is one you’ve likely read about. Mostly due to their eating style, the French manage to eat rich foods like pastries, cheeses, and cream sauces and drink plenty of wine. Many believe that the absence of processed foods, smaller portions and more exercise (walking in lieu of taking the taxi, train, or car) contributes to their stylish figures.
But my favourite is, the Red Wine Diet. You’ve read that research shows a red wine can help you live longer and increase your ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol. In addition to improving the quality of the bacteria in digestive tracts, this good bacteria can help improve metabolism for a faster rate of burning that fat. The bottom line: Enjoy your nightly glass of red wine (4-6oz) to reap the benefits of a longer life, higher good cholesterol levels, and improved digestion and metabolism.
Good luck with the New Years diet and as always, cheers!
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